When Jane Austen introduced John Knightley, brother in law of the heroine and younger brother of the hero, she might as well have been drawing a word portrait of me.
Mr. John Knightley was a … gentleman-like, and very clever man; rising in his profession, domestic, and respectable in his private character; but with reserved manners which prevented his being generally pleasing; and capable of being sometimes out of humour. He was not an ill-tempered man, not so often unreasonably cross as to deserve such a reproach; but his temper was not his great perfection; and, … had all the clearness and quickness of mind … and he could sometimes act an ungracious, or say a severe thing. (Emma, ch. 11.)
What profession was he rising in, you might ask? He was a lawyer, and I like to think that after the novel’s events he went on to become a judge. That way our parallel lives can continue. I’m not asking too much, am I?